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'Take a Leap' Baltimore County Dance Celebration

Month-Long Celebration Includes Ballet, Modern, Ragtime and Global Dance

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Towson, Maryland (November 1, 2013) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today announced "Take a Leap," a month-long Baltimore County Dance Celebration to be held February 2014. The first-time event is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills and Baltimore County's dance community.

The Baltimore County Dance Celebration features over a month of performances from a diverse group of artists, free Dance in Film screenings, workshops, artists residencies, and classes for dancers at all skill levels. Ballet, contemporary, global and ragtime dance are part of the celebration.

'Rich and Varied Dance Community'

"Baltimore County has gathered our rich and varied dance community together to create dozens of opportunities to 'take a leap.' This is a great new addition to Baltimore County's arts scene," said Kamenetz.

"This Baltimore County Dance Celebration is a wonderful partnership between the County, the Gordon Center and our dance community. The styles and range of performances, classes and films are designed for dance lovers and performers, as well as a wonderful introduction to dance for all ages and interests," said Randi Benesch, managing director of Arts and Culture for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. 

Many Performances

Highlights of the celebration include the international troupe Company E, with a performance from their contemporary repertoire and a Jungle Book matinee featuring dancers from Towson University Community Dance. Company E dancers also will serve as artists in residence at Baltimore County Public Schools.

AKIMBO Uncoiled from Deep Vision Dance Company in Towson engages families and seniors in free ragtime social dance classes and interactive performances. The Baltimore Ballet will perform A Gershwin Rhapsody and The Firebird. Dance Baltimore will showcase dances from around the world. The Baltimore Dance Company will feature contemporary dance on the UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities stage. Goucher College hosts an opportunity to meet Nilas Martins, former principal at the New York City Ballet.

"Many classes and performances are free or at nominal cost, making it affordable to get out and try something new," added Kamenetz.

Highlights of the Baltimore County Dance Celebration

  • January 26: Deep Vision Dance Company - AKIMBO Uncoiled: The Traveling Feet of Ragtime at the Gordon Center
  • February 6, 7, 8: Baltimore Dance Project - UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Theater
  • February 6: Baltimore County Public Schools - Student Choreography Showcase at the Patapsco High School
  • February 9: Live Dance and Dance in Film - Baltimore County Youth Ballet performance followed by a free screening of Bunheads at the Gordon Center
  • February 14: Meet the Artist: Nilas Martins - Former Principal New York City Ballet at the Goucher College
  • February 15: Baltimore Ballet and Special Guest Artists - A Gershwin Rhapsody and The Firebird at the Gordon Center
  • February 17: Dance in Film:  Billy Elliot - Free President's Day Screening at the Gordon Center
  • February 22 to 23: Company E - NEXT Series and The Jungle Book at the Gordon Center
  • February 22 to 23: Towson University - BFA Senior Seminar Concerts at the Towson University Stephens Hall
  • February 28: Maryland Dance Alliance - At the Gordon Center
  • March 2: Dance Baltimore - Global Expressions at the Gordon Center
  • March 15 to 16: Dancing for a Common Ground - Common Ground Dance at the CCBC Dundalk Center

For more information visit the Gordon Center of Performance of Arts.